Free Press Journal
  • India regrets UN rights chief’s remarks on Kashmir

    Madam High Commissioner, there is no denying that these are challenging times including for this body. It is important, therefore, that human rights issues are addressed constructively with respect for national sovereignty and territorial integrity in a transparent and credible manner.    Rajiv Chander, Indian envoy .

  • India regrets Kashmir issue being raised at UNHRC

    United Nations: India has expressed regret that the Kashmir issue is being raised at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) after mentions of it by Michelle Bachelet, the new UN Human Rights High Commissioner, and by Pakistan at its current session.

  • Facing criticism by UN over Kashmir

    India’s human rights record in Kashmir is under the scanner of the UN Human Rights Council. It is not that India has not been criticised for its action in Kashmir earlier but never by the UN. What is more, the report called for an independent UN investigation on abuses in the valley. This happens only in case of major violations as in on going civil war in Syria, brutalties on Rohingyas in

  • Pakistan wins UNHRC seat by more than two thirds vote

    New York:  Pakistan on Monday won a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by more than two thirds vote when the General Assembly elected 15 countries to serve on the 47-member body. Pakistan was elected for the term 2018-20. The election in the 193-member Assembly was by secret ballot, with a simple majority required. Pakistan polled 151 votes, when 97 were needed.

  • 40 children drown as ship wrecks claim up to 700, say survivors

    Rome: A week of shipwrecks and death in the Mediterranean culminated today with harrowing testimony from migrant survivors who said another 500 people including 40 children had drowned, bringing the number of feared dead to 700.

  • Nepal lashes out at India blockade

    Kathmandu: Nepal’s new Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Friday said that the blockade of keyborder points with India is ‘more inhuman than a war’ as he criticised New Delhi for raking up alleged rights abuse in Nepal at the UNHRC. “Foodstuff and protection come into priority under the humanitarian aspect even during a war. Neighbouring country has further troubled our country by blocking checkpoints while it is still paralysed by the

  • Lankan troops committed war crimes: probe panel

    Colombo : Allegations that the Sri Lankan army committed war crimes during the bloody conflict with Tamil rebels are “credible”, a government probe panel has said and backed UNHRC’s recommendation that foreign judges should have a role in domestic inquiry.

  • Sri Lanka trying to water down UNHRC resolution: HRW

    Colombo: Sri Lanka should not be allowed to water down a UNHRC resolution on its alleged rights violations during its civil war with the LTTE, according to a prominent rights group which said that the current draft was “counterproductive” to the reconciliation efforts of the government.

  • Wigneswaran welcomes UN proposal to set up hybrid court

    Colombo: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated Northern Province has welcomed the UNHRC’s proposal to set up a hybrid court to probe the alleged war crimes during the last phase of the conflict with the LTTE, saying it is a dramatic step towards achieving reconciliation. Speaking at the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) sessions yesterday, C V Wigneswaran said he welcomed the United Nations Human Rights Council’s report and it’s proposal for a

  • Will Modi Keep Date With ‘Old Fox’ Rajapaksa?

    Colombo : Will he or won’t he? This was the question doing the rounds in Colombo and New Delhi for several days, since nobody was quite sure whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi would meet with the former Sri Lankan president, who, some say, foolishly called early elections and then went on to blame the US and Indian intelligence agencies for his fall.

  • John Kerry

    US defends Israel at UN rights body

    Geneva : Secretary of State John F. Kerry came to Israel’s defence on Monday amid growing political tensions between the allies, saying that anti-Israeli bias by the United Nations’ top rights panel is undermining its mission.

  • India re-elected to UNHRC for 2015-2017

    New Delhi : After receiving highest votes, 162 votes, in the recently held UN General Assembly elections in New York, India has been re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the period of 2015 to 2017

  • Caste discrimination not exclusive to India: UNHRC head

    Johannesburg: UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay today said the caste discrimination is not unique to India, which has tried to avoid it being raised at international fora despite having done a lot of work to eradicate it.

  • No clear stand of Centre on Tamil issue at UNHRC: Swamy

    New Delhi: Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy today accused the Centre of not taking a clear stand at the United Nations Human Rights Council when the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka was put to vote.